It wasn’t so much the loss, as the way the All Blacks lost that made last night’s Rugby World Cup semi-final such a disappointment.
Last week the team was on fire against Ireland, last night they looked like they’d lost their spark.
My heart has been backing Wales to win this evening but I’d rather face them than South Africa in the Plate match for third so might have to go with my head.
In other news North Otago won the Meads Cup, and this afternoon the Silver Ferns will be doing their best to beat the Diamonds in the deciding match for the Constellation Cup.
Yesterday Meads Cup final will go down in rugby history.
Not for the score – Mid Canterbury 26 – North Otago 20, but this kickoff.
When North Otago fullback Ed Keohane restarted the game during the first half the unbelievable happened.
The kick-off not only failed to go the required 10 metres, but was picked up by the wind and carried backwards all the way over his own dead ball line.
The sun shone in North Otago yesterday and so did the rugby team – winning the Meads Cup by beating W(h)anganui 39 -18.
Southland started the rugby season with the Ranfurly Shield but now it’s moved north – though thankfully not off the Mainland.
Otago hit rock bottom.
Today North Otago has the opportunity to bring a little rugby pride back to the right side of the Waitaki River when the Old Golds play W(h)anganui in the final game for the Meads Cup.
No pressure, boys, but all fingers and toes are crossed (and they’ll need to be if Keeping Stock’s assessment is correct).
North Otago leads the Heartland rugby race for the Meads Cup after a 21-16 win against W(h)anganui in Oamaru this afternoon.
Pleased as I am about that, I won’t be celebrating until the end of the Ranfurly Shield challenge tonight.
I’d back Canterbury against any team from the north but my first allegiance is with teams from the right side of the Waitaki River so I’m hoping Southland holds tight to the shield tonight.
UPDATE: 26-16. Ah well, at least the shield is still on the Mainland.
North Otago won the Lochore Cup in a match against West Coast today.
Also celebrating his local team is Inventory 2 who makes a brief return at Keeping Stock to record that Wanganui won the Meads Cup.
Apropos of sport, all the best to those dedicated souls (and soles) participating in the Auckland marathon tomorrow.